16 March 2017

The latest IREG forum was held at Qatar University, Doha, from the 12th to the 14th of March. There were 120 participants from all continents with a particularly strong presence from Middle Eastern countries such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait. The theme of the conference was “Excellence as the University Driving Force” and there was a total of 23 addresses and presentations.

Among the leading rankers and academics present were Ben Sowter of the QS Intelligence Unit, Ying Cheng of the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, Murat Cerit Pakir of University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) of the Middle East Technical University, Oleg Solovyev of The Round University Rankings of Russia, N. V. Varghese of the Centre for Higher Education Policy Research, India and Riri Fitri Sari of the GreenMetric Ranking of World Universities, Universitas Indonesia. The two principal suppliers of data on research: Clarivate Analytics and Elsevier (Scopus) were also represented at the IREG Forum.

At the closing of the meeting Jan Sadlak, President of IREG said it was the best ever forum for facilities and arrangements and this was unanimously agreed. There was also wide and positive coverage in the national and regional press.

Within the main theme there were discussions on topics such as the overall concept of excellence and in different regions and disciplines and the development of new rankings. A presentation by Waldemar Siwinski of the Perspektywy Education Foundation of Poland revealed that there were now 100 rankings around the world, including 40 global and regional rankings, suggesting that there is a continuing need for events like this.

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IREG Initiatives

With the fast development of science and technology, as well as the internationalization of scientific activities, international academic awards have been more and more popular and influential. Numerous international academic awards have been established to provide individuals with incentives and motivation for new academic work and to reward past excellent academic accomplishments.


The purpose of the IREG Ranking Audit, conducted by independent experts, is to verify and attest that ranking under review is done professionally, with a transparent methodology, observes good practices and responds to a need for relevant information of various stakeholders, in particular students, higher education institutions, employers and policy makers.


National and international academic rankings play ever increasing role as a barometer of quality of higher education institutions. The purpose of "IREG Inventory of National Rankings" is to collect and make available on the IREG Observatory website information on the current state and scope of this important group of rankings.


The purpose of the IREG Guidelines for Stakeholders of Academic Rankings is to provide recommendations for appropriate interpretations, uses and applications of rankings by potential interested parties, including students and parents, institutions of higher education, policymakers, quality assurance and funding organizations, employers and the media. Specific recommendations have been formulated for each group of stakeholders.


News from IREG Members

The worldwide ranking UI GreenMetric Workshop in Bologna

This Bologna workshop is aimed to highlight the commitment of Italian universities towards a sustainable 360° approach. UI GM Chairperson, Riri Fitri Sari, will showcase the ranking’s structure and indicators in details. Italian participants are warmly invited to ask questions and raise issues concerning the specificity of the Italian universities to fit into the UI GreenMetric ranking. The Alma Mater Studiorum assumes the role of National Network Hub for UI GM in the framework of this event that will also host experts from RUS (Rete delle Università per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile).

Ranking conference in Warsaw

Polish universities feel, they deserve a better place in international rankings. To discuss what can and should be done to improve the quality of research, rectors of best universities in the country gathered 1-2 December in Warsaw at the conference “Polish Universities in International Perspective – Rankings and Strategic Management of University” organized by Perspektywy Education Foundation jointly with the Conference of Rectors (CRASP) and Polish Accreditation Commission (PAC).

Conference on Universities’ Reputation

Spanish Universidad de Navarra organizes the International Conference BUILDING UNIVERSITIES' REPUTATION Understanding the Student Perspective – Key to a Reputation Strategy, Pamplona, Spain 30-31 March 2017. www.unav.edu/bur

Report on Activities of IREG Observatory 2015-1016

Dr. Jan Sadlak, President of IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence at the General Assembly held in Lisbon on 6 May 2016 presented a detailed report on activities of the organization, the President and members of the Executive Committee in the period: May 2015 – May 2016.

You may ready the report HERE.

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